December 23, 2015

LHES Seniors Encouraged to Complete At Least One College Application

Photo of college students sitting on lawn in front of Hawaii college building.

For many LHES seniors, the fall and winter months can be a hectic time. There are exams, extracurricular activities, and for students with their sights set on higher education, college applications. But even those who plan on joining the military or workforce after graduation should complete at least one college application, according to the college+career network. Taking this step can give students more post-graduation options.

How to Apply to UH Schools

Students may think that completing a college application is a daunting process; however, applying to the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH-Manoa) or a University of Hawaii Community Colleges can be a straightforward process.

The UH-Manoa application consists of four parts:

  1. The online application and essay
  2. An application fee of $70
  3. Official high school transcripts
  4. Official standardized test scores from either the SAT or ACT

For more information on UH-Manoa’s admissions requirements, students should visit the college’s Undergraduate Admissions Department page.

The priority consideration application deadline for UH-Manoa is January 5, 2016. Students who submit their applications before this deadline can increase their chance of receiving financial aid and on-campus student housing. However, certain programs like nursing, social work and education may have earlier deadlines and students should check with the appropriate department at the University of Hawaii’s website for more information.

Applying to UH Community Colleges

If a four-year college is not a realistic goal, students are encouraged to apply to the UH Community Colleges, which are made up of seven campuses across the state that offer workforce training in agriculture, energy and health care in addition to traditional academic courses. Submitting an application to any UH Community College is free to all residents.

Workforce training is a popular option, but many students also begin four-year degrees at community colleges. All seven campuses are working to partner with four-year institutions in Hawaii and on the mainland to help students transfer their community college credits to enable them to finish their studies at an accredited university and graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

The application deadline for the Fall Semester at a UH Community College is August 1, 2016. Acceptance notifications are usually received two weeks after UH Systems applications and other required documents have been received.

The college+career network Offers College Application Assistance

To help seniors with the college application process or assistance determining financial aid options and scholarship opportunities, the college+career network will be available in December and January. To schedule an appointment, contact Auntie Linda (808-256-8468; or Auntie Marcie at (808-256-8472;

Free financial aid and Native Hawaiian Scholarship Aha presentations will be given on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. in the LHES cafeteria. UH representatives will walk students through the scholarship qualifications and application process, answering any questions students may have.

There will be a special scholarship drawing for all who submit their names during the Aha presentation. One lucky student will be awarded a $500 scholarship if their name is chosen from the hat.

Photo courtesy of the University of Hawaii.

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